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leader mitch mcconnell and majority leader harry reid. >> these are dark days in the history of the senate. i hate that we have come to this point. we have witnessed the majority leader break his word to the united states senate. >> no matter how often my friend rudely talks about me not breaking my word, i'm not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> reid does say he's prepared to go nuclear, though. both men will be on nbc's "meet the press" on sunday. you do not want to miss that. >>> and on the house floor, more harsh words. >> mitt romney was right. you all do not care about the 47%. shame on you! >> that zinger from florida rep corrine brown calling it a sad day in the house. the majority struck down the food stamp measure of the nation's farm bill. >>> newly minted san diego mayor making a stark apology amid sexual harassment allegations allege calls for him to step down. >> i am embarrassed to admit that i have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me and that at times i have intimidated them. if my behavior doesn't
, guys, a new threat from one of the most powerful men in washington. as senator harry reid considers a massive change in the way washington works and the republicans are calling it a political pay back to organized labor. i am martha in for megyn kelliy. senate majority leader is moting with fellow democrats and discussing the rowel change that would give the president enormous power since it would allow the senate to approve white house nominees with a simple majority vote. mitch mcconnell said it is all about filling the labor spots and a political pay off for the unions. this is a part of the remarks, watch this. >> i know washington democrats are getting pressure from big labor bosses to do this. those folks have told democrats it is time to pay up and they don't have time for the democratic process or the rowel of law. they raised a ton of money for the democrats and they want special interest that is owed to them. >> strong words. joined by host of power play. stewart varny anchor of varny and company. two fantastic people to explain what this means. we'll go to chris first, in
has accused me or being a sports snub, but even i noticed harry reid talking baseball yesterday. >> davy johnson is the manager of the national mets, the team we're so happy to have here in washington. >> a couple of hours later, senator reed took to twitter to clarify. that's a picture of him with washington's national manager davey johnson. i'm going to go rogue here. there are snobs about the orioles. they won last night against the texas rangers. they split the series. so, yeah. take that, eric schultz, in the control room. time to get a check on the weather. don't stand over there laughing at me. >> i just want to rewind and go back and watch that last minute or two. >> it was that good for you? >> it was. >> i felt very confident about that. look, i think there are oriole snobs in this building. they sit around that table. they only talk about boston and new york. >> yes. >> give no love to the o's. >> that's the rule if you want to be part of "morning joe." you have to be a red sox fan. i've been on the out since day one. >> who's on your map? >> washington, d.c. >> no, b
house speaker john boehner against senate majority leader harry reid. >> the house has done its job. >> reporter: the house republicans passed a bill that ties the u.s. loan rate to the borrowing cost plus 2.5%. as the rates raise, so does the cost of education, up to a max of 8.4%. democrat senator joe manchin is working with republicans and has proposed a similar plan with one key difference. it won't use the savings to pay down the nation's debt. >> in this bipartisan group we all agree that profit should not be made on the parts of students going to school. >> but majority leader harry reid said he will not tie it to any rates on the u.s. market. the loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion which economists fear is stifling students and others as well. anne-marie? >> tara mergener in washington. thank you, tara. >>> well, tropical storm chantal is threatening to become a hurricane. the storm is about 200 miles south of puerto rico. the sustained winds are at 60 miles an hour. chantal is expected to hit the dominican republic this afternoon. a hurricane watch has been issued for the isl
over to the senate where the senate majority leader harry reid mark, said that he wants to change the rules so that republicans no longer have an easy time blocking the president's nominees. i just want to quickly show our audience a little bit of what reid and the senate republican leader mitch mccon hell to say about this yesterday. >> this is really a sad, sad day for the united states senate. and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend the majority leader is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. the leader of the senate who fundamentally changed the body. >> all we want is for the president of the yoonteded states, whoever that might be, democrat or republican to be able to have the-- as contemplated in that document called the constitution of the united statesment that's to its asking too much. >> woodruff: so is mark, harry reid, potentially the worse senate leader ever for trying to change the rules? >> no, he isn't. but eight years ago positions were reversed. the republicans had a re-elected republican president and they were making t
yesterday where harry reid dropped a hammer on republicans telling them he's going to call for a vote on presidential nominees early next week and if republicans use the filibuster to block the nominees, he will change the rules to end the filibuster. go harry go! house republicans showed their true priorities yesterday. they voted 216 to 208 to pass a farm bill which contains subsidies for farmers but zero dollars for food stamps. they cut out the food stamp program altogether and eliot spitzer files over 27,000 signatures to get on the ballot. he only needs about 4,000. less than that. he will be on the ballot for city controller of new york. tell you more about it on current tv. the issues of the day. >> do you think there is any chance we'll ever hear the president even say the word "carbon tax"? >> with an opened mind... >> has the time finally come for real immigration reform? >> ...and a distinctly satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned great leadership so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter) >> cutting throught the clutter of today's top stories. >> this
pelosi as the spoker and harry reid as the leader of the senate and he did not lift a finger on comprehensive immigration reform. why before august? they didn't do it in two years, why in the next 27 days. >> congressman cantot made an interesting point last night. if president obama can selectively enforce obama care, who is to say he cannot be selective as an enforcement on border security? in fact, i will say to you that he's been extraordinarily selective both in enforcing security on our borders, but also in immigration law itself. >> i can tell the president right now, we're not going to give him the authority to decide which parts of the law he wants to enforce, nor secretary napolitano. you can add recess appoiitments on the list of laws that he selectively enforces when he wants to. look, i'm about respect for the rule of law. if you don't like the law, change it. but it's not his job to decide which ones to enforce and which ones not to and eric cantor is right. >> congressman gowdy, always good to talk to you. first, before i say good night to you, i want to say co
this bill. >> on the other side of the capitol today, senate majority leader harry reid moved toward limiting the filibuster. he said republicans are using prohibit --ules to we spoke about with a congressional report. >> the senior congressional reporter for politico is joining us. what came out of the meeting between majority leader harry reid and senate democrats on the proposed changes to filibuster rules? >> it sounds like harry reid is ready to go forward with the so- called nuclear option, to change the senate rule by 51 votes rather than the normal threshold of 67 votes. the higher threshold makes it harder for rules changes to occur. what he said he is so frustrated with the use of the minority party to block nominations and legislation for moving forward, that he is going to invoke this very unusual procedure to change the vote by 51 votes. he wants to invoke this nuclear option to essentially change the filibuster rules so no longer would 60 votes required to confirm -- to overcome a with executive branch nominees. it only affects the executive branch positions. forward so
this weekend with senator harry reid and senator mitch mcconnell here tomorrow on nbc's "meet the press." on monday night, behind closed doors, the full senate will meet in the old senate chamber to discuss and debate the issue. "the new york times" called the exchange, -- and another new headline this morning, "is congress broken? you can send us a tweet or give us a call. you can send us a tweet or join us on this morning from inside the new york times, and other look back at what happened thursday, essentially setting up the debate that that will come front and center on monday. she makes this point -- sarah wheaton has a q&a on a book focusing on the dodd frank legislation. you can read it online at one of the questions from sarah wheaton, her take away from the book, is there something fundamentally broken about washington? his results were -- the 2010 elections says robert kaiser wiped out the majority in the house. we obviously have a gridlock again. on the issue of changing the senate filibuster rule, which the senate is taking up this w
majority leader harry reid is upset with mere bloomberg and his group for targeting four democratic senators who voted against expanding background checks. he is going after harry reid democrats and two mayors after the third largest city said they are leaving the group because the group is not carrying out the stated intentions. part of the problem he named the group mayer's against illegal guns but instead it is theirs for gun-control or specifically, mayors for the assault weapons ban and it might as well be bears against the second amendment of the constitution. but the fact is with the assault weapons ban focuses on a small number of firearms fetter rarely used in the committing of a crime. according to the latest statistics there were just over 12,000 murders in 2011. that is the most recent numbers that the government can provide. can you imagine that in the sage? 6,220 were by he and cans. handguns. only 323 committed by rifles or the so-called assault weapons. the subset of the rifle tuned as you know, what is used more often to kill people then the rifles? sharp objects.
will be meeting behind closed doors to discuss possible changes to filibuster rules. harry reid has indicated if no agreement is reached he'll make changes that will make it easier to confirm executive nominees. a parliamentarian talked about the history of the full buster and what rule changes would mean for the senate. >> good afternoon. welcome to all of you joining us. >> thank you for joining us via c-span this afternoon and all of our television viewers are welcome to send in questions by -mail to us. we will post the program within 24 hours on our website for your future reference, as well. hosting our discussion today is our senior legal follow in legal and judicial studies and manager of our judicial reform initiative. he handles things like elections, campaign financing, voter fraud and identification laws and registration issues. before joining us, he served for two years as a member of the federal election commission and has been a counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the u.s. department of justice. he is a former litigator, and house counsel, and senior c
harry reid is threatened to go nuclear. he may say it is a first big fight for a important job that touches in the case of tsa every american and so it is going to get interesting down here. >> touches literally and figureivity. we'll have a nuclear debate about the option. not only is there a national debate raging about immigration but edward snowden national security debacle, were either of these connected. >> she's had fast and furious and all coin-- kinds of problem it is a job to take the boating for the administration, she had a leather jacket when megyn was interviewing her and you have to be tough. you are taking the heat for the administration and she has taken as much as she can stand or they want her too and she will go on to greener pastures in higher education. >> she will be in charge of ten separate campuses and it is a big job for the university of california system. it is safe to say that this is been in the works for a while >> probably a soft landing type of thing. highway pay and high profile and important job and probably takes time to put together. in thi
behind closed doors to discuss possible changes to filibuster rules. senate majority leader harry reid says he has the votes needed to change the rules. democrats say the present -- the republicans are using the filibuster to block many of president obama's nominees. it first came up in 2005. here is some of that debate. it is one hour, 40 minutes. >> there are a lot of things one can do to gum up the works in the senate. what typically happens is that we exercise self restraint and we do not engaged in that behavior. is --ng of suction obstructionist tactics would upset the senate. in the 214 years, we could have done it, but we did not. by filibustering can qualify judicial nominees in 16 months, our democratic colleagues have broken this on written rule. this is not the first time a minority of cenci's have upset a traditional practice. have upset aors traditional practice. they have used article one to reform shouldn't -- senate procedure by a simple majority vote. the senate has repeatedly adjusted its rules as circumstances dictate. the first senate adopted its rules by majority
harry reid argued against using the nuclear option. here is a look. >> the nuclear option, you just missed it -- mentioned in chapter seven of your book. describe circumstances. just so our views can better understand, was a nuclear option? what the likelihood is there will have to face nuclear option? the republicans came up with was a way to change our country forever. they made a decision that if they did not get every judge will go to theat city like the house of representatives. where a simple majority would determine what ever happens. whatever they wanted, they get down. to benate wasn't up different. that was the genius, the vision of our founding fathers. this legislature that we need have two different duties. one to pour the coffee. thethat is why you have ability to filibuster. they wanted to get rid of all of that. any likelihood it will face circumstances like that again? >> as long as i am the leader, the answer is no. we should just forget that. that is a black chapter in the history of the senate. i hope we never, ever get to that again. i believe it will ruin our c
't be affected until they go into the fall term. now, what exactly are they working on as we speak? harry reid is going to try to put this one-year extension. that's going to go down. there's a bipartisan bill in the senate. that essentially is a sort of compromise as to where students would pay a little bit more, there would be a cap at 8.25%, which is different from the gop bill in the house, which has no cap in terms of tieing it to a ten-year treasury note. the idea is that students could go off of that rate. it saves the government some money. students would have to pay more over the course of time. however, they would still be rather cheap loans. also, any savings from that compromise bill would go back into the student loan fund instead of deficit reduction, which is a change from the house gop bill. >> luke, let me ask you, in a one or two-sentence answer, do you think students are going to be payer this higher rate for several months, several years? what's the best outlook here? >> i suspect they'll be paying it for at least throughout july, possibly august until there is some sort of
. >> harry reid recently said that he feels sorry for speaker boehner, when it comes to the speaker of house, has he lost control? >> i think the expression, the common egs prxpression is hurti cats. as so often is the case, immigration as we just discussed is a particularly tough and a very, very delicate subject, i should also point out that john boehner has been doing this a long time and sometimes has a meeting like this to let people have their catharsis and over a period of time he's slowly gradually moves to a result that he wants. >> to switch gears, to politicians and their sex scandals. in new york, we have anthony weiner and eliot spitzer doing very well in their respective races. what does this tell us? >> i think what it means, in order to be really successful, a politician has to go through a sex scandal, what other conclusion can you draw? you have eliot spitzer who is now shooting up in the polls as he's running for city comptroller. anthony weiner running for mayor and we know the story of mark sanford, and any number of politicians over time. i think to be serious about it,
.s. senate, harry reid and mitch mcconnell, went at each other in the senate chamber. while their remarks were couched in the gooey and formal parlance of the senate, each calling each other my friend while attacking each other, today's exchange by these two men who bear the full share of the blame of how cancerous and politicized washington has become is a lesson in what goes on in the u.s. senate. and here is what happened today when mcconnell took on reid's threat to change the filibuster rules to stop republicans from blocking so many democratic nominees. >> this is really a sad, sad day for the united states senate. and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. >> i don't want him to feel sorry for a senate, certainly not for me. i'm going to continue to try to speak in a tone that is appropriate. name calling -- i guess he follows -- i hope not, the demagogic theory that the more you say something false, people start believing it. >> again, the democrats haven't decided whether they're
confirmation vote for the president's top level nominees. harry reid and mitch mcconnell threw down, slinging personal insults at one another. >> no matter how often my friend rudely talks about me not breaking my word, i'm not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever, the leader of the senate who fundamentally changed the body. it makes me sad. >> his name calling, he -- i guess he follows -- i hope not -- the demagogue theory that the more you say something that's false, people start believing it. >> we'll hear more from senators reid and mcconnell on "meet the press" this sunday. >>> the wreckage of asiana flight 214 is being removed from san francisco international airport. this as investigators revealed there was no evidence of mechanical problems with the aircraft. now the focus of the investigation is squarely on the pilots. >>> the remains of long time boston strangler suspect albert desalvo will be exhumed in hopes of proving once and for all that he was the
politico. harry reid slamming mitch mcconnell, ready for the nuclear option. here to tell us more and explain how we've gotten to this point is the politico senior congressional reporter on the phone. thanks for talking with us. guest: good morning. host: first of all, give us a background of what this fight is over. who are these nominees and why are they controversial? guest: well, two of those seven by nees are opposed republicans. i should say, two groups of nominees. one, the national labor relations board. republicans have balingtsd over that board for years -- have battled over that board for years, and the other being the consumer financial protection bureau. heads that organization, but they have a fundamentally change them. and i'll take you back to the beginning of 2012 when the so t over the nominees were intense and there was gridlock in the senate that president -- and lled those installed them into office. but the caveat is this happened during a pro forma session of the united states senate, and republicans were furious. they said this was something that was uncon
the majority leader is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. >> senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell tangled over reid's plan to go nuclear and blow up traditional senate rules. it all stems from continued efforts of republicans to block president obama's appointments. this has been going on for years now literally. reid wants to alter the dynamic requiring a simple majority to change senate rules as opposed to the 67 currently needed so that actually something could happen. and to filibuster on an executive branch nominee could be broken with 51 votes instead of the current 60 vote threshold so maybe hopefully joe something could happen, but instead, what we watch is these two guys droning on about how much they don't like each other. >> yeah. you know, harry reid may, in fact, be remembered as a subparma jorty leader presiding over some of the worst days in the history of the senate in modern history. he has been a shadow of what george mitchell was, what bob dole was, what tom daschle was. people even in our time have been. but, if, in fact, howard dean, he is
at 8:00. click senate majority leader harry reid says he has the 51 votes needed to change senate rules on the filibuster. democrats say republicans are using the filibuster to block many obama nominees, because republicans say they will block all movement in the senate if it is passed. the heritage foundation is hosting a discussion on the impact of that tactic. senator filed motions yesterday to force the vote to let several nominations move forward -- among them, richard cordray to head the consumer financial protection bureau, thomas perez for labor secretary, regina mccarthy for epa administrator, and fred hochberg to lead the export- import bank. at the end of august, the board chairman's term expires, and they will no longer have the core of needed to collect business. among the nominees are the current board chair. s requested aican meeting. senator harry reid will speak monday morning at the center for american progress about the potential changes in senate rules. we will have live coverage beginning at 10:30 eastern. here is what the democratic senator said yesterday about the
controlled senate, they may look back to this move by harry reid and they may say you know what it's been done before to weaken the filibuster because what harry reid is saying i just want to get rid of the filibuster and lower the threshold from 60 to 51 votes on the executive branch nominees. so the future majority would say i'm going to do it for the judicial nominee. there are implications for the supreme court for any lower court. the official majority says we want to get rid of the filibuster also come to get rid of all legislation for the amendments and everything. and so that is really fundamentally altered for how the senate operates. and turn it into a enriched majority rule which is what the proponents want and which because they feel the senate is meant to protect the rights of the minority. >> host: you told us what harry reid is talking about and what he is waiting it out with. responding? is there any dissension among the senate democrats? >> only a handful. the senate to democratic launch where they d
nominees. so many of them have been sitting in the senate, blocked by the filibuster. harry reid has told republicans you either act by the end of the week or we're going to change the filibuster rules. and up in new york city, eliot spitzer off and running for city controller. republicans are saying we don't need this sinner back in public office. that's not what they said about mark sanford. that and more on current tv. they should self-deport? >> no, they said "make us a turkey and make it fast". >> (laughter). >> she gets the comedians laughing. >> that's the best! >> that's hilarious. >> ... and the thinkers thinking. >> okay, so there is wiggle room in the ten commandments is what you're telling me. >> she's joy behar. >> ya, i consider you jew-talian. >> okay, whatever you want. >> who plays kafka? >> who saw kafka? >> who ever saw kafka? >> (laughter). >> asking the tough questions. >> chris brown, i mean you wouldn't let one of your daughters go out with him. >> absolutely not. >> you would rather deal with ahmadinejad then me? >> absolutely! >> (singing) >> i take lipitor, thats
particularly harry reid are facing a big decision. is now finally the time that they're going to do something about the filibuster? let's hope so. but first... >> announcer: this is the "full court press." >> other headlines make news on this wednesday "the view"'s lone conservative voice is leaving the daytime abc chat fest for a stage she's likely more welcome on. elisabeth hasselbeck is headed over to fox news to be the new cohost on fox and friends morning starting in september. she'll sit alongside steve ducey and brian kilmeade replacing gretchen carlson. she will host a new daytime show on her own according to that network. hasselbeck's last day on "the view" is today. she's been there for ten years. >> wow, ten years? >> 2003 is when she started on "the view." >> bill: she's obviously the outsider on the view. not bad. not bad to have one conservative. she's held the conservative point of view pretty well. >> she's a little nutty but she's likable, i think. i think she does a good job in that role. i think she will be a very good fit for fox and friends. >> bill: she looks like she wa
for harry reid to stop this nonsense. >> stephanie: yeah, i am too. and i'm such a geek that i already look forward to meet the press like nobody's business. chairman steve isreal of the dccc, thanks so much for taking time for us. >> thank you so much. >> stephanie: thanks steve. i'm snorting geek all over the place. because now he is working with senator senator senator merkley. it was very tense yesterday. crackling sexual tension -- >> yes. it will be both mcconnell and reid on meet the press. >> he completes me. >> stephanie: oh my god. ermahgerd. >> i complete you. >> there's room in my shell for two. >> stephanie: david in chicago on the zimmerman trial. >> caller: hi. i'm shocked that you would cosign that previous call. >> stephanie: what are you talking about. >> caller: the woman said she had tried not to watch the trial but clearly made up her mind on how it should come out. and as a lawyer i think we should listen to the evidence before we make up our minds. >> stephanie: i have watched a lot of it -- >> caller: no, the woman that called, said she tried no
: the battle over interest stone rates pits house speaker john boehner against senate majority leader harry reid. house republicans pass add bill that ties the u.s. loan rate to the borrowing cost plus 2.5%. as the rates raise, so does the cost of college. senator joe manchin working with republicans has proposed a similar plan with one key difference. i won't use the savings to pay down the nation's debt. >> in this bipartisan group we all agree that profit should not be made on the parts of students going to school. >> but majority leader said he will not tie it in to the market. the loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion. anne-marie? >> tara mergener in washington. thank you, tara. >>> well, tropical storm chantal is threatening to become a hurricane. the sustained winds are at 60 miles an hour. chantal is expected to hit the dominican republic this afternoon. a hurricane watch has been issued for the island. the storm could hammer the bahamas tomorrow and then head up the east coast to florida. >>> well, coming up on the "morning news," honoring the fallen. thousands attend a memorial for th
was right. we should be able to restore these things by restoring the social contract. the leader harry reid has gone the extra mile and then the extra mile in seeking to adopt the social contract that held this body together. but now what we see is this: it has not been reciprocated. the pledges made, the promise of comity, the gentlemen's agreement not have resulted in material changes in the tactics employed on the floor of this senate. so now we have to work to restore the vision of our founders. the vision of a simple majority, timely up-and-down votes on nominations. we owe this to the executive branch, we certainly owe it to our citizens who reelected president obama. now, i want to address one last point. and that is that it has been argued that what the majority leader is proposing, that is, that if necessary change the rule or change the application of the rule in order to make this place work again, is unprecedented. the presiding officer: the senator's time has expired. mr. merkley: thank you. i ask unanimous consent for one minute. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. m
appointment so he needs to be confirmed by the senate. harry reid wants action on all of these people. if it doesn't happen, then he is going to, well, trigger the nuclear option -- at least that is what threat. at the meeting at the center for american progress where he urged the nuclear option. members of the senate, they are really skeptical harry reid will do this. he is an institutionalist. he has respect for the rules. he doesn't want to cause a partisan meltdown fairly early in the 100 13th congress. what the nuclear option is, changing the rules to a simple majority vote. he isle change that looking at is taking away republicans' ability to filibuster nominees. if he would trigger the nuclear option, with the simple majority vote, republicans could no longer -- or the minority in general -- could no longer filibuster nominees. or down he could get up votes and get them confirmed in fairly short order. but there are members of his caucus who do not support this plan. they said it would turn the senate into the house by eliminating the supermajority threshold on a very important
of an effort to temper the fight over a rule change proposed by harry reid will that allow nominations to pass with a simple majority. it sparked heated words. take a listen. >> no matter how often mie friend rudely talks about me not breaking my word, i'm not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> this is a sad day for the united states senate and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend the majority leader will be remembered add the worst leader of the senate ever. >> strong words there. joining us is rachel bade and reid wilson. we've talked about this battle before. the issue of the nuclear option and senator reid has brought it up in previous sessions. will it happen this time? will it happen on tuesday? >> the thing that's different in pref previous senates is the fact the caucus is changing. there's older democrats to guys like chris murphy who replaced leiberman. michael bennett in colorado. jeff murkley in oregon. there's in new generation of democrats who are chafing at the slow pace of action. they are pushing this rule change and democrat
>> thank you. >> harry reid and mitch change todebated a senate rules for filibusters. senator reid he said he may take its option because prevented president obama from picking the people he wanted. senator mcconnell said the filibuster change would be unprecedented. this is next on c-span. the house passed a revised farm bill today about food stamp and nutrition spending. , a look at the military and political situation in afghanistan. the new senior root -- congressional porter from political joining us. the meeting? of >> it sounds like harry reid is ready to go forward with the nuclear option, to change the senate rules by 51 votes, rather than the normal threshold of 67 votes. the higher threshold is usually your -- usually set to make it harder to occur. he says he is so frustrated with the use of the majority party to block legislation moving forward that he will invoke this very unusual procedure to change the rules by 51 votes. we want to vote -- change the filibuster rules so no longer 60 votes will be required to facinge a filibuster presidential nominees for executive b
harry reid feels sorry for speaker john boehner. jim vandehei tells us why. first bill karins with a check on the forecast. >> good morning to you, willie. we haven't had a lot of bad weather, tornadoes or flooding in our country lately, but in china, a different story. bridges and buildings washed away. impressive flooding shot out of sichuan province, southwest portion of that province. look at that building washed away in those floodwaters. incredible stuff. chantal, this was the storm that formed two, three days ago which now traveling through the caribbean. the warm waters. last night it almost fell apart completely. a little bit left of this storm. i have very little concerns about this storm as it approaches florida and the southeast. it will bring some rain, maybe localized flooding but it will not be a devastating storm for the southeast. travel trouble spot this morning is pittsburgh to cleveland. lot of heavy rain for you in the ohio valley up through areas of the northeast. later today you will deal with thunderstorms and the potential for isolated severe weather.
. senator republican leader mitch mcconnell blasting the democratic leader harry reid for preparing to move forward what is now called the nuclear option to change the senate rules. john king must be here to break it down. any time i hear nuclear option i know i have to talk to you. in covering congress i know that when they often fight about procedure often when they don't think they're getting their way, but this was pretty vicious in what mitch mcconnell was saying towards harry reid. let's show folks what he said and then we'll talk about it. listen to this. >> this is really a sad, sad day for the united states senate and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. >> reporte >> the worst leader of the senate ever this is over harry reid threatening to change the rules and limiting filibusters as it relates to presidential nominees. presidential nominees, what's going on? >> let's first put "my friend" in quotation marks. these two have been at this for six or seven years as the leaders par
in some effect. it's a filibuster fight. the majority leader harry reid and senate democrats threatening for months. they are moving ahead ready to force confirmation votes on a series of the president's most contentious appointees. democrats will vote to change rules if republicans continue to block the president's nominees. a rule change would mean reid could overcome a filibuster. "the new york times" reports the fight would be limited in scope to the president's immediate team. it would not touch judicial appointees or legislation. this is just about executive branch nominees, people that would be term limited once the president leaves office. democrat leaders believe the limited change could be sold to the caucus and public more easily than a broader revision. some senate democrats reluctant to consider a change to how the body functions. first up, the nominees to the national labor relations board, which is really what the fight is about. it's become focal point between business and labor. three members are serving after president nominated them. back door nominations are constitut
, but senate majority leader harry reid said the pressure is building. >> he is saying the bipartisan bill that we've done he is not going to touch that. well, we're going to continue to press. the american people, the vast majority of the american people-- democrats and republicans-- support what we did. >> sreenivasan: we'll have more on immigration later in the program tonight. the death toll has risen to 15 in saturday's fiery train wreck in canada. officials said 50 people are still missing in the small town in quebec. they also announced they've opened a criminal investigation into what caused the wreck but gave no details. canada's largest city tried to dry out today after nearly four inches of rain triggered flash floods last night. the severe storm that hit toronto left at least 300,000 people without power. the city's downtown core was dotted with cars that people abandoned as the water rose. the subway system was also swamped, with many metro stations under water. one double-decker commuter train stalled in the flood, trapping about 1,400 passengers during the evening rush hour.
on the hill this week, the trash talk between mcconnell and harry reid. let's hear it, then i want a sense from not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. the leader of the senate who fundamentally changed the body. it makes me sad. >> his name calling -- i guess he follows, i hope not, the demagoguic theory that the more you say something, people will start believing it. >> dems threatening to use the nuclear option. what happens next? >> on monday, all parties will have a meeting to talk about this. that's really unusual. they're going to use the old senate chamber, which is a nod to history that rarely happens. the idea behind this would be to change the rules. the real reason this is so upsetting to members who are republicans now in the minority is they feel like this is an abuse of their rights. they're trying to warn democrats that if you do this and the tables are turned and you're in the minority down the line, you won't like it so much. so it is about
of the president's nominees. if that change happens by senate majority leader harry reid it will likely happen as a new homeland scatter is coming up for confirmation. >> some other news, the department of justice said they're revising their policy on leak investigations. thoughts? >> two sessions of that. one deals with the ap and the concerns there, and what exactly could be done about the scope of those investigations. the recommend, as we're seeing it, is to tell the news organization they're being looked at in a number of different ways and they can go to a judge and stop that ahead of time. and the second part has to do with james rosen, and frankly, just reading what the remedy is, not sure that it deals with all of the things that james rosen dealt with, being named a co-cop -- coconspirator and being a flight risk. reading our the rules are being type up here, we'll have to see. >> thank you so much. you can catch special report tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. >> the tapes are out. the dispatchers trip up. >> we have reports of it. we're aware of the situation. >> there are no ambulance
to temper the heated debate over a rule change proposed by democratic majority leader, harry reid. it would allow presidential nominations to pass with a simple majority. president obama has complained that republicans have held up his appointments for some two years now. joining me to talk about this, from the white house, with the latest, is nbc news's kirsten welker. good morning, kristen. the fight really got personal this week. how is the white house handling that? >> reporter: oh, it did get perm, betty, and very heated. look, senator reid is essentially threatening no use this nuclear option, which as you point out, would mean that executive branch nominees could get through the senate with 51 votes as opposed to the 60 that they currently need, essentially ending republicans' ability to filibuster. reid says this is necessary, because there is unprecedented obstructionism, but minority leader mitch mcconnell has said that if reid moves forward with this, he could go down in history as the worst leader of the senate ever. so it certainly did get personal. the white house has signaled
harry reid scheduled a procedural vote for tomorrow. the bill would restore the interest rate on federal student loans to 3.4% for one year. interest rates doubled to 6.8% last week. congress can retroactively reduce interest rates. most students do not take out loans until the beginning of the fall semester. >>> 5:55. new information that shows all that money you're spending in stores is actually giving the economy a boost. cnbc's courtney reagan live with that story for your money. courtney, good morning. >> hi, good morning, aaron. consumers broke out their credit cards in may, just another sign they're more optimistic about the economy. the federal reserve says consumer credit jumped 8%, the biggest monthly gain in a year. the biggest chunk of consumer debt is what's known as nonrevolving credit or student and car loans but the fastest growing segment is revolving credit or credit cards. that may show a willingness by people to build up their balances. >>> well, apple's app store is sell bratding its fifth birthday today, and many developers are marking the occasion by giving away fr
20 million students are called and 50% of them have to take out student loans. when harry reid tells us that he is not looking for a compromise, i would encourage him to think about haley and the college students and the others across the country. as members of congress, we are here to make life easier for students who want to get an education and find a job. instead we see the opposite. we see fighting internally and i urge congress to put students first and not washington politics. >> republicans have talked about the interest rates doubling. to make college more affordable, including students and right here behind me. senate democrats and the white house have let these students down. and frankly i think that they deserve better. it is time for the president to lead entering the democrat leaders together and develop a solution. the house has done its job. isn't now time for the senate to do its job. it is very close to what the president offered in his budget earlier this year. the failure to lead on student loans is part of the president's larger issue, and that is the failure to
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